Kershaw’s Dividend Knife

Dividend knife

KAI USA Ltd is offering a new knife under the Kershaw brand. Called the Dividend, the new folder is part of the Link series of knives that are all made in the United States of America.

The base Dividend knife has a slimmer blade than the original Link knife. The blade is made of 421HC steel and has a stonewashed finish. It is 3″ long with a plain edge and a drop point. On the back of the knife blade is a protrusion that allows the user to flip the blade open by pulling back on it.

It has a steel liner with a liner lock that holds the blade open. The black handles are made of a glass filled nylon. The pocket clip is reversible. The knife weighs 2.6 ounces.

Dividend knife

A second version of the Kershaw Dividend is also being made by KAI USA. The second version has an anodized gray handle made of aluminum instead of the black nylon. This version is slightly heavier at 2.8 ounces, but has the same blade length.

The price on the basic Dividend is $59.99 with the gray model being an additional $10. Considering Kershaw is building these knives in Oregon and that they, in my experience, deliver quality cutting tools, the prices seem pretty reasonable to me.



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  • James Young

    I have the Kershaw Cryo 2 which is a good looking knife. Made in China, costs about $30. Just saw the gray Dividend at BladeHQ for $41.95. It also has a nice American flag engraved or printed on the other side of the handle

  • Scott Tuttle

    have a hunch that the only reason they’d start making them in US again is if robots are doing it.

    • Laserbait

      Kershaw has been making knives in the USA for quite some time. Zero Tolerance is also a KAI USA company.

      • Scott Tuttle

        I was meaning replacing their cheap chinese knives with cheap american made ones it would take robot labor to make it worth their while.

  • Hoplopfheil

    They must be running out of words to use for these.

    If I buy one, can I get it direct deposit? Or do I have to take my yearly $10 checks to the bank?

    • AD

      I think it’s a pun on “Divide”? As in, a blade “divides” materials into smaller parts… or something… I don’t know, it’s a strange name for a knife.

  • Swarf

    The Kershaw Stock Split comes apart for easy cleaning.

  • Andrew

    It’s 420HC steel not 421HC.

    • R H

      Given the blade shape and size I was excited until I realized it was 420HC. The American knives usually have better blade steel…oh well

  • Jenny Everywhere

    I still swear by my Kershaw 1920 Select Fire. It’s a decent blade that keeps a good edge, doesn’t have fiddly serrated bits that you have to sharpen with special tools, and has an integral socket driver with four standard size screwdriver bits (flat and Phillips, 2 sizes each), a short ruler, a pocket clip that can be mounted on either side of the handle, and a bottle opener. It has an ambidextrous thumb stud that makes it easy to open, and has no bias to open so it can’t be called a switchblade or gravity knife.

    I’ve carried many different knives, including various Ken Onion Leeks, a Gerber Covert, and a couple of differently-designed side swingers (CRKT 5102 and 5160, and a S&W 6042 Swingblade). Of them all, I far prefer the Kershaw 1920.

    Of course, if they ever make it legal to carry a sword, I’ll have a Zombie Tools D’Capitan saber on my hip, or one of their Diphos swords on my back, in a hot second.